Dynestee Fields

Chanda Jefferson is honored as the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year!

By Dynestee Fields

Chanda Jefferson, South Carolina Teacher of the Year for 2020, makes her acceptance speechChanda Jefferson, a biology teacher at Fairfield Central High School, was named the 2020 South Carolina Teacher of the Year on May 8, 2019. This honor was awarded to Jefferson at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Originally an aspiring doctor, Jefferson changed her plans during her third year of college when she acquired a part-time job as an elementary “Mad Science” teacher. This experience, coupled with the positive experiences that she had had with her own teachers, motivated Jefferson to accept her calling to become one. She now uses STEM techniques, hands on exercises, inquiry...

Greenwood Genetics Center Junior Genetics Scholars Camp

By Dynestee Fields

Students line up outside of the Greenwood Genetics Center Mobile Science Lab Each year, the Greenwood Genetics Center hosts the Junior Genetics Scholars Camp, inviting twenty-four 10th through 12th grade students to its campus. This summer camp, which takes place during one, five-day week in July, explores topics such as basic laboratory techniques, human variation, global health and the environmental impact on human disease, gene structures, animals as model organisms, and careers in the life sciences. In addition to the Junior Genetics Scholars Camp, the Center also operates the Mobile Science Laboratory Program. This program consists of two vehicles, the Gene...

Birds, Trees, and Mancke

By Dynestee Fields

Looking through trees at a riverOn Monday, August 12, four people from SCETV loaded into a van and travelled into the forests of Wofford, S.C. Here, the birds chirped, the gnats buzzed, and the trees offered little protection from the heat of the unforgiving sun. I was one of the people on this adventure. The purpose of our excursion was to film intros and outros for an educational course featuring the naturalist Rudy Mancke. The trip offered a multitude of learning experiences, from grasping the functions of reflectors and C-stands and practicing how to set them up, to finding and identifying the native bird and spider...

Year Two of the BOOM Program Was a Great Success!

By Dynestee Fields

Students in the BOOM Program learned construction techniques by building small houses. The BOOM program, Building Occupational Opportunities in the Midlands, is an initiative designed to give high school students not graduating with a diploma the opportunity to job-train for careers in the construction industry. Together with Midlands Technical College, South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation, Midlands Education and Business Alliance, members of the Builders Industry Association of Central S.C., and many other South Carolina agency partners, the program features participation from local school districts, such as Richland School Districts 1 and 2 and Lexington-Richland School...

New Faces and Vibrant Places

By Dynestee Fields

SCETV Studio in Columbia, SCInterning in the Education Division of SCETV (Columbia) has vastly expanded my world, and in the process, has given me a new perspective on the interconnections between education and media. My first day of interning in the Education Division was one of exploration. Ken DeBerry (Director for Education Productions) took me on a tour throughout the facility, where I did everything from meeting members of the Content Division to peering through the dark windows of studios. I returned from that tour having met a vast majority of the SCETV faculty and having learned their specialties. With great...